1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
New Belgium 1554 pours a black color into my tulip glass. A deep reddish-brown color is visible around the edges when the beer is held up to the light; not quite entirely opaque. A 1/2", brown head forms, then slowly dissipates into a soapy ring. Moderate carbonation and lacing. The aroma is a mild mixture of alcohol sweetness, caramel malts, and small hints of citrus and "funk".
The taste is sweet and malty on the whole. The first impression is of caramel malts, a slight alcohol sweetness, and a little bit of chocolate and roasted flavors. After a second or so, the citrus flavor from the hops kicks in, adding to an overall slight sour tone. The mouthfeel is light, being slightly more sweet than dry. Finishes crisp, with a mild roasted yet sweet aftertaste.
Overall, this beer has combination of tastes not found in an ordinary beer. It's nothing exceptional, and probably not for eveyone, but it's tasty enough in its own right. It's a great beer for a crisp October night.
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2005 03:31:39 | More by swid
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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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